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LAPD Reminds People of Special Order 40 as May Day Preparations are Made

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck yesterday emphasized that immigration status, in itself, is not a matter for police action. That directive comes under the controversial Special Order 40, which has been around since 1979, and is the opposite of Arizona's recently passed SB 1070.

“If there is ever a segment of the population who have reason to fear the police, crimes against people in that group will go unreported," Beck said. "And when that happens, we are all at increased risk. When a criminal element begins to leverage a fear of the police for their own advantage, the negative affect is multiplied.”